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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 5, 2011 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite/Greatest Performances

"And so far none from europe 72 have stuck out to me."

Really?

I can't imagine how that could be...

Munich (5/18/72) has an etraordinarily beautiful performance of Morning Dew. Check out the lovely organ/piano interplay between Pig and Keith:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-18.sbd.miller.79057.sbeok.flac16

The following performance of the song in London is exceptional as well:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-23.sbd.cribbs.32863.sbeok.flac16

And of course the Morning Dew performed three nights later is arguably the greatest Dew of all-time:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-26.sbd.waddell.89641.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Aug 5, 2011 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite/Greatest Performances

Well I'd say part of it is that 72 is so good. And that there are so many world class dews performed this year that they get compared to their peers, not years like 80 or 88. They are certainly better than any I know from other years.

Having Pig and Keith on the stage adds a nice flavor to these dews that is never seen again. It, in a way, is the best of both worlds. Especially when they both play well. Which they seem to be doing during 5/26.

The 5/26 version has a few little flubs which are forgettable, but at a minimum when comparing perfect dews we should be pretty critical. Though I will say that the take off into the final jam starting with jerry's vocals is magnifico (or however you spell that). I think part of what makes this version not the best ever is the fact that it takes off too fast. I enjoy a good slow intro into morning dew that slowly builds. Kinda like 1979-11-08 (really short and rocking) vs. 1994-03-27 (really long, heartfelt AND rocking). This 5/26 version is very good but I disagree. At a minimum 9/21 and 12/31 trump this version, IMO.